Antenna Installation Safety Precautions

Antenna Installation Safety Precautions
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OUTDOOR INSTALLATION WARNING
IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
LIVES MAY BE AT RISK! Carefully observe these instructions and any
special instructions that are included with the equipment you are installing.
IMPORTANT: Look over the site before beginning any installation, and
anticipate possible hazards, especially these:
CONTACTING POWER LINES
CAN BE LETHAL. Make sure no
power lines are anywhere where
possible contact can be made.
Antennas, masts, towers, guy wires
or cables may lean or fall and
contact these lines. People may be
injured or killed if they are touching
or holding any part of equipment
when it contacts electric lines.
Make sure there is NO possibility that equipment or personnel can come in
contact directly or indirectly with power lines.
Assume all overhead lines are power lines.
The horizontal distance from a tower, mast or antenna to the nearest power
line should be at least twice the total length of the mast/antenna
combination. This will ensure that the mast will not contact power if it falls
either during installation or later.
TO AVOID FALLING, USE SAFE PROCEDURES WHEN WORKING AT
HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND.
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Select equipment locations that will allow safe, simple equipment
installation.
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Don’t work alone. A friend or co-worker can save your life if an accident
happens.
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Use approved non-conducting ladders and other safety equipment.
Make sure all equipment is in good repair.
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If a tower or mast begins falling, don’t attempt to catch it. Stand back
and let it fall.
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If anything such as a wire or mast does come in contact with a power
line, DON’T TOUCH IT OR ATTEMPT TO MOVE IT. Instead, save your
life by calling the power company.
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Don’t attempt to erect antennas or towers on windy days.
MAKE SURE ALL TOWERS AND MASTS ARE SECURELY GROUNDED,
AND ELECTRICAL CABLES CONNECTED TO ANTENNAS HAVE
LIGHTNING ARRESTORS. This will help prevent fire damage or human
injury in case of lightning, static build-up, or short circuit within equipment
connected to the antenna.
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The base of the antenna mast or tower must be connected directly to
the building protective ground or to one or more approved grounding
rods, using 10AWG ground wire and corrosion-resistant connectors.
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Refer to the National Electrical Code for grounding details.
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Lightning arrestors for antenna feed coaxial cables are available from
HyperLink Technologies. Inc.
IF A PERSON COMES IN CONTACT WITH ELECTRICAL POWER, AND
CANNOT MOVE:
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DON’T TOUCH THAT PERSON, OR YOU MAY BE ELECTROCUTED.
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Use a non-conductive dry board, stick or rope to push or drag them so
they no longer are in contact with electrical power.
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Once they are no longer contacting electrical power, administer CPR if
you are certified, and make sure that emergency medical aid has been
requested.
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